One of the things I have always wished I could take a part in is Habitat for Humanity. I never had the time required to be an active member of the Habitat group on campus, but I had the great opportunity this month to spend a Saturday morning working on a build. I am not a morning person, to say the least, but we all got up bright and early and headed to the build site. This was the sixth Saturday that they worked at this site and all of the girls that were there manned up to do some heavy lifting. We drilled these orange “huggies” to the roof so that when people put up the singles they have something to support them if they were to start slipping. We also nailed beams to the roof and metal hurricane brackets to each beam connecting the roof to the wall. It was actually really fun and my favorite part was getting to use a nail gun!
Even if building houses isn’t your thing and you still want participate in some sort of community service, TU makes it so easy! It is never hard to find a project to plug into; the only hard part is choosing which projects you can commit to with out over committing yourself!
Each sorority and fraternity has a special philanthropy they support. My house’s philanthropy is Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness. To raise money for the foundation we held a dinner on Monday called Kappasta where we served pasta… obviously! It was really good. We even got breadsticks from Olive Garden. Anyway, we sponsored a dodge ball tournament, and a bunch of teams from around campus sign up and play against each other. It is so fun! I had a lot of work to do, but I didn’t want to leave.
These events lead up to the big event… Tulsa’s Race for the Cure, which was held last Saturday. I did an untimed race, which is fine because I am slow (but I was really proud of myself because I went a lot faster than I thought I would)! I had a lot of fun and my sorority sisters were there to run with me! One of the girls walked with her Grandmother, who is a cancer survivor. I finished the race just before it began pouring rain, yet I still got soaked. Here is a picture of us after the race (after it started raining):
Service Day was last week! This is one really cool thing about TU. There were many different places that people could go to volunteer. Basically, you signed up to volunteer for the morning. Then you got assigned a time to show up, and buses would take you to your location.
My sorority got to go to a church and paint the walls. I had rowing practice that morning, so I did my service with the rowing team. We went around campus and checked all the yellow bikes (the free TU bikes students can check out for the semester) to make sure they were still there and see if there was anything wrong with them. I had a great time with my friends doing something to help!